Going Green: How to Fill a Chip in a Marble Shower Going Green: How to Fill a Chip in a Marble Shower

Repairing a marble shower is a common task, as marble is often used in homes to create a sense of style and elegance, and it's a material that is very fragile and soft, so it can easily chip from knocks and bangs over time. A chipped marble surface needn't ruin your decor or have to be replaced; it is a repair job that you can easily do at home. Using a recycled glass filler is a perfect eco-friendly way of repairing your marble shower.

Needed Materials:

  • Putty knife
  • Chamois
  • Hand held vacuum
  • 400-to-600 grit sandpaper
  • Recycled glass sealant
  • Recycled glass filler
  • Hairdryer
  • Alcohol
  • Scissors
  • Clean cloths
  • Paper towels

Step 1—Preparation

To protect your bathing area from any loose grit that may come off, lay a dust sheet down on your shower floor to protect your surfaces, and ensure the room is well ventilated. Gather your tools and place them near your work area.

Step 2—Section off the Chip

Cut a strip of masking tape and stick it around the top of the chipped area, continue adding strips of tape around the bottom and sides of the chipped area until you have cornered off the section around the chip. Use a handheld vacuum cleaner to remove loose bits of marble that may be sitting in the chip. Then take a clean cloth and dampen it with alcohol, and rub the cloth into the chip to remove any remaining dirt. Use a hairdryer to quickly dry the chipped area.

Step 3—Repair

Apply the recycled glass filler into the marble chip using a putty knife and gently work it in. You should allow the paste to dry overnight.

Step 4—Sand and Seal

Once dry, use circular movements to smooth down the paste with sandpaper. Wipe off any grit that has collected, as the surface will need to be clean before you apply a sealant. Put a small amount of recycled glass sealant onto a clean paper towel and begin to rub onto the filled chip. Leave to dry for 10 minutes, then dampen a clean cloth and wipe away any residue. The surface can then be polished by rubbing the area with a clean chamois. You should keep polishing until you have the shine you want.

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